Day 3 of McGlothen in-custody death trial begins with paramedic’s testimony

Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 2:01 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Testimony is underway on day three of the trial against four SPD officers charged in the death of Tommie McGlothen Jr.

The 44-year-old Shreveport man died on April 5, 2020, after a violent encounter with police.

This morning, prosecutors called on a paramedic from the Shreveport Fire Department. This was the third EMT to testify in the case about medical care given to officers and McGlothen at the scene. Paramedics told the court that the officers charged in this case failed to tell paramedics they had struck, tased and maced McGlothen.

Prosecutors also got testimony today from their own expert physician, forensic pathologist Dr. Alicia Wilson. Wilson contradicted the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, saying McGlothen’s manner of death was homicide, not natural causes. They say the cause of death was excited delirium, a “pathway to dying that included the violent struggle with police.”

The officers charged - Brian Ross, James LeClaire, Treona McCarter and D’Marea Johnson, face negligent homicide and malfeasance in office.

This afternoon, prosecutors introduced video recorded in the back of the police car, showing the second of three encounters SPD had with McGlothen the day he died. The video was recorded after McGlothen tried getting into the backseat of another person’s car and had to be physically removed. In the video, he appears calm, but speaks to police in an odd and nonsensical manner.

Prosecutors argue this incident, along with a prior call to McGlothen’s home the same day, should have alerted police he was suffering a psychotic episode.

The court is also finally watching all of the police dash camera and surveillance videos recorded the day McGlothen died. At least six different recordings have been offered into evidence so far.

Seven witnesses have taken the stand today, giving almost six hours of testimony. The prosecution is expected to wrap up their case tomorrow. The officers will then get the chance to present their defense.

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